Service Specification

The Hospital and Home Teaching Service is funded by Waltham Forest Borough Council with Hornbeam Academy the current provider tasked with managing the service.

The service specification tasks HHTS with providing education to all children of statutory school age who are currently too unwell to attend school until they are medically fit to return to school. It specifies the following requirements:

  • HHTS must liaise with schools to ensure that work is appropriate and supports the child and teachers for a smooth transition back into school;
  • HHTS must work closely with families and other professionals to support the child and their family and to ensure continuity of education;
  • HHTS must also listen carefully to families and schools to identify ways in which the service could improve and develop;
  • HHTS must ensure that all staff have an enhanced DBS check and must work closely with families, schools and other professionals to ensure that all children and staff are appropriately safeguarded;
  • HHTS must provide data on pupil attendance to schools and LBWF while ensuring that families' personal data is kept safe.

The outcomes of this service delivery should be that:

  • learners are not educationally disadvantaged by their period of illness;
  • once back in school, learners continue to make progress in their personalised targets;
  • learners reintegrate back into school as quickly as possible;
  • learners use a wide range of media, including digital media, to access learning;
  • schools and LBWF are easily able to access data about who is working with the service and the progress they are making;
  • pupils receive a service that is value for money.

Please feel free to contact the service to discuss any of the requirements above.